The Curse of Barry Bonds

Seriously, why don’t we talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates being cursed? The team hasn’t had a winning season since 1992. A lot of that has been due to horrible decisions. But even with horrible decisions, it’s hard to go that long without a winning season, unless you’ve got some bad luck involved. The Pirates have had their lucky years. There was the Freak Show. There was the 2011 team that captured first place...

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Bucs Leave Pirate City with Good Impression

BRADENTON — After finishing their workouts at Pirate City on Thursday afternoon, the Pirates players packed up their lockers in the clubhouse for their final day at the facility before moving over to McKechnie Field for the remainder of Spring Training. The club wrapped up two weeks of Spring Training by leaving a good impression on their Manager Clint Hurdle. Hurdle mentioned several takeaways from the camp this year —...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Spring Training Roster

I just received a copy of the Minor League Camp roster, listing every player who will be participating in the minor league portion of Spring Training. There could be some changes to this list, and not everyone has reported yet, with the reporting date being this coming Sunday. Some notes below the rosters. * = Left Handed # = Switch Hitter Pitchers Tim Alderson Stetson Allie Cliff Archibald Nathan Baker* Ryan Beckman Matt Benedict...

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Burnett to Undergo Surgery on Right Eye

BRADENTON — Right-hander A.J. Burnett will undergo surgery tomorrow in Pittsburgh, after getting hit in the right eye during a bunting competition yesterday at Pirate City. Burnett was diagnosed with a right eye orbital fracture today after undergoing additional medical examinations on his right eye in Pittsburgh. No timetable or additional information was given on Burnett. The club said they will have additional information...

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Gerrit Cole Seeing the Downside of the Late Signing Deadline

The debate between Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer is probably going to be a debate that will exist for most of their careers. Both pitchers were drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft out of UCLA. Cole was rated as the better prospect on the draft boards heading in to the year. Bauer gained recognition by the end of the year, and even passed Cole in some rankings. Bauer had better numbers than Cole in their junior year at UCLA,...

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